2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Tobacco Use

Smoking Status*

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  Total
Respond.^
Smoke everyday Smoke some days Former smoker Never smoked
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 5,590 645 12.6 11.5-13.7 216 4.0 3.3- 4.7 1,435 23.8 22.4-25.2 3,294 59.7 58.1-61.3
-Non-Hispanic White 3,587 447 13.6 12.3-15.1 121 3.5 2.8- 4.3 1,059 28.5 26.8-30.4 1,960 54.4 52.4-56.3
GENDER
Male 1,618 210 13.6 11.7-15.7 62 4.2 3.1- 5.7 532 31.5 28.8-34.2 814 50.8 47.9-53.7
Female 1,969 237 13.7 11.9-15.7 59 2.9 2.1- 3.9 527 25.8 23.5-28.3 1,146 57.6 54.9-60.3
AGE
18-34 636 70 10.6 8.2-13.5 29 4.4 3.0- 6.5 110 17.9 14.8-21.5 427 67.1 62.9-71.1
35-44 403 78 20.2 16.0-25.1 18 4.2 2.5- 6.9 100 24.8 20.1-30.1 207 50.8 45.1-56.5
45-54 548 81 15.1 11.9-19.0 23 5.4 3.0- 9.3 133 24.8 20.9-29.2 311 54.7 49.8-59.6
55-64 700 117 19.0 15.6-23.1 26 3.0 1.9- 4.8 199 29.5 25.5-33.8 358 48.5 44.0-53.0
65-74 735 75 10.5 8.1-13.6 19 2.5 1.5- 4.1 272 39.2 34.8-43.8 369 47.8 43.4-52.3
75+ 510 24 6.2 3.8- 9.9 *** *** *** 223 44.4 38.7-50.1 258 49.1 43.4-54.9
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 196 57 29.2 22.2-37.3 *** *** *** 65 35.0 27.2-43.6 60 29.8 22.8-37.9
H.S. or G.E.D. 851 160 18.1 15.2-21.3 42 4.6 3.3- 6.5 265 30.0 26.5-33.7 384 47.3 43.3-51.3
Some Post-H.S. 1,030 160 15.1 12.8-17.7 39 3.9 2.7- 5.5 334 30.8 27.6-34.2 497 50.2 46.6-53.8
College Graduate 1,503 68 4.3 3.3- 5.6 26 1.5 1.0- 2.4 394 23.2 20.9-25.7 1,015 71.0 68.3-73.5
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 192 59 32.1 24.3-41.1 17 6.7 3.8-11.6 41 20.1 13.9-28.0 75 41.1 32.6-50.3
$15,000- 24,999 384 94 27.4 22.1-33.4 17 3.7 2.2- 6.3 113 29.6 24.1-35.9 160 39.2 33.3-45.6
$25,000- 34,999 263 45 19.5 14.0-26.6 *** *** *** 88 32.5 25.9-39.9 121 45.0 37.6-52.6
$35,000- 49,999 414 54 13.0 9.7-17.2 21 5.6 3.5- 8.8 140 32.9 27.8-38.5 199 48.5 42.8-54.2
$50,000- 74,999 487 48 10.9 8.0-14.5 *** *** *** 147 29.6 25.0-34.7 278 57.0 51.6-62.1
$75,000+ 1,191 69 6.6 5.1- 8.6 28 2.7 1.8- 4.1 351 28.3 25.4-31.5 743 62.3 59.0-65.5
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,076 193 20.0 17.0-23.2 55 5.7 4.0- 8.1 378 34.1 30.7-37.8 450 40.2 36.6-43.9
No 2,501 253 11.0 9.6-12.6 66 2.6 2.0- 3.4 677 26.2 24.2-28.3 1,505 60.2 57.9-62.4
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 489 55 11.9 8.8-16.0 *** *** *** 212 43.2 37.9-48.6 208 41.8 36.6-47.2
Non-Veteran 3,094 392 13.9 12.5-15.5 107 3.6 2.8- 4.5 846 26.4 24.5-28.3 1,749 56.2 54.0-58.3
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 992 71 8.0 6.2-10.3 27 3.0 2.0- 4.5 274 25.7 22.7-29.0 620 63.3 59.7-66.7
Regional City or Suburban County 1,024 134 14.5 12.0-17.4 40 4.0 2.8- 5.6 278 26.9 23.8-30.3 572 54.6 50.9-58.2
Rural 1,571 242 17.3 15.1-19.8 54 3.5 2.4- 5.0 507 32.0 29.1-35.0 768 47.2 44.2-50.3
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,841 214 12.3 10.6-14.2 62 3.6 2.7- 4.7 484 26.1 23.8-28.5 1,081 58.0 55.4-60.6
Unemployed 179 35 20.3 14.3-27.9 13 6.5 3.7-11.5 44 21.0 15.2-28.2 87 52.2 43.8-60.4
Retired 1,112 90 8.6 6.7-10.9 24 1.9 1.2- 3.0 422 39.5 35.8-43.3 576 50.1 46.3-53.9
Unable to Work 227 87 40.9 33.0-49.3 *** *** *** 63 26.5 20.0-34.2 61 24.6 18.5-32.0
Other not in Labor Force 213 20 10.4 6.4-16.7 *** *** *** 42 18.7 13.5-25.3 145 68.7 61.0-75.4
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 58 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 229 77 34.3 27.0-42.5 15 4.8 2.7- 8.4 59 23.9 17.8-31.4 78 36.9 29.3-45.3
101% to 150% 307 69 26.6 20.8-33.4 14 4.2 2.3- 7.5 88 28.9 22.9-35.7 136 40.3 33.9-47.1
151% to 200% 312 47 15.0 10.7-20.5 *** *** *** 100 31.5 25.6-38.2 154 49.6 42.7-56.5
More than 200% 2,012 156 8.5 7.1-10.1 58 2.9 2.2- 3.9 621 29.9 27.5-32.3 1,177 58.8 56.2-61.3
HOUSING
Own 2,673 274 12.3 10.8-13.9 65 2.4 1.8- 3.2 851 31.3 29.2-33.4 1,483 54.1 51.8-56.3
Rent 679 146 21.8 18.4-25.7 44 7.0 5.0- 9.7 163 22.0 18.7-25.8 326 49.2 44.8-53.6
Other arrangement 212 26 9.7 6.2-14.7 *** *** *** 40 14.6 9.9-20.9 134 68.7 60.6-75.8
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 863 140 17.6 14.7-21.0 37 3.6 2.5- 5.2 245 28.6 25.0-32.4 441 50.2 46.2-54.3
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,179 157 15.1 12.7-17.8 41 3.8 2.6- 5.7 375 31.6 28.4-34.9 606 49.5 46.0-53.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,545 150 10.8 9.0-12.9 43 3.2 2.3- 4.4 439 26.2 23.7-28.8 913 59.8 56.9-62.7
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,287 137 12.3 10.2-14.7 33 2.7 1.9- 4.0 403 28.1 25.3-31.0 714 56.9 53.7-60.1
2nd Quartile 970 114 12.7 10.4-15.5 44 5.0 3.5- 7.1 273 28.1 24.9-31.6 539 54.2 50.4-57.9
3rd Quartile 955 140 16.5 13.8-19.6 27 2.5 1.5- 3.9 279 30.0 26.5-33.7 509 51.1 47.2-54.9
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 375 56 14.1 10.3-18.9 17 3.8 2.2- 6.5 104 27.6 22.1-33.9 198 54.5 47.9-60.9

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*Data in this table were derived from the tobacco use questions 1 and 2.
Overall smoking prevalence estimates can be obtained by adding 'Smoke everyday' and 'Smoke some days' rates.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2020 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4Quartile of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index
(https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/placeandhealth/svi/index.html) for respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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